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Archive for November, 2009

November 28, 2009

Traudl Junge was unremarkable. She just wanted to be a ballerina but she ended up being Hitler’s secretary for the last three years of the second world war. Wolf’s Lair is the story of her life, her telling of it and the multiple truths that changing time and changing context put upon them. Sophie Roberts’ […]

November 27, 2009

Confessions of a Drag Queen rides a very fine line. It is half drag floor show with the glamourous Rhubarb Rouge backed up by the equally glamourous Kay Smith and Hayley Sproull dancing and lipsyncing to all the camp classic standards with energy and joy saturating the stage like some kind of obscene fun factory. […]

November 27, 2009

Trouble is brewing at a certain Fletcher Challenge (they still exist?!) petrol station in Auckand. The company is in financial strife and one of the stations is going to have to close, but manager Cameron (Toby Leach) has a plan or two. New employee Lilith (Kate Prior) is dealing with her conflicted and somewhat impure […]

November 25, 2009

What is there left to say about Charles Darwin? In this year of his dual anniversary (150 years since the publication of The Origin of Species and 200 years since his birth), we have seen a glut of work discussing him and, more specifically, his work on and towards the ideas of evolution. It’s been […]

November 17, 2009

If you ask a classical musician/aficionado about German music, they might tell you about greats such as Haydn, Beethoven, Wagner, Bach and Mozart—German music has a very prestigious history. But if you ask the next guy you see wearing jandals and surfer shorts about German music, and—provided he isn’t also carrying a sousaphone—he will probably […]

November 16, 2009

The nature of ‘devised’ work means that it is bound to strike debate. Death and the Dreamlife of Elephants invites this further with an intriguing, if vague, viral marketing campaign aimed at piquing interest without really giving much clue as to what is going on. A murder? A break-up? A Wellington answer to Ionesco’s Rhinoceros? […]

November 12, 2009

Circa’s production of The Vertical Hour seems to face the exact opposite of a problem that regularly plagues the theatre. The problem I speak of is great plays getting bad productions. There can be no doubt that it is a great production. The set, by Andrew Foster, is an powerful achievement of space and colour […]

November 12, 2009

Counting The Ways Written by Edward Albee Directed by Dan Brown There is a joy in the obvious. There is a serene hilarity in the unsubtle. Counting the Ways knows this. A heavily absurdist piece tracking the breakdown of a marriage. This marriage seems to be situated within a sitcom or old vaudeville routine. The […]